Russia, Turkey declare need to stop armed violence in Syria

Russian and Turkish high-ranking diplomats have discussed the Syrian situation and Palestinian-Israeli settlement prospects at the latest round of consultations, says a report posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry Web site.

"Russian Special Representative for the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Turkish First Deputy Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu held the latest round of consultations in Moscow on Jan. 10," the report said.

"The sides had a detailed discussion of a broad range of problems of the Middle East and North Africa, primarily, the situation in Syria and Palestinian-Israeli settlement prospects," the ministry said.

The sides stressed the need for the soonest end of bloodshed, sufferings of the civilian population and armed violence in Syria. "They stated the importance of the fulfillment of the Action Group's Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, in the interests of preservation of Syria as the single state, with due account of interests of all social strata," the report said.

Participants in the consultations stated the big demand for continuation of the Russian-Turkish regular dialogue on the whole range of Middle East problems, the ministry said.

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